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Peter DOWNSBOROUGH
 ENGLAND
 

Possibly the greatest keeper to play for Swindon, Downsborough was a hero of the 1969 League Cup Final win over Arsenal. After the match, it was written that "for quarter of an hour, it was Downsborough versus Arsenal, and Downsborough won".

Signed by Danny Williams, he made his debut for the Town on the opening day of the 1965/66 season, keeping a clean sheet versus local rivals Oxford. A firm fans' favourite, he stayed at the club for eight seasons, before asking for a transfer in November 1972, feeling that the club's long serving players were not being rewarded as well as the newcomers. This argument led manager Les Allen to drop Downsborough from the team - but a slump in results saw him recalled, and he kept six clean sheets in the last thirteen games of the season to save the Town from relegation. Nevertheless, his dispute with the club prompted his transfer to Bradford City in the close season.

PLAYING RECORD:

Season LEAGUE FA CUP LEAGUE CUP OTHER TOTAL
Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls
'72/'73 29 - - - 1 - - - 30 -
'71/'72 31 - 1 - 1 - - - 33 -
'70/'71 31 - 2 - 1 - 4 - 38 -
'69/'70 42 - 4 - 2 - 3 - 51 -
'68/'69 46 - 3 - 12 - - - 61 -
'67/'68 27 - 4 - 2 - - - 33 -
'66/'67 26 - 1 - 1 - - - 28 -
'65/'66 42 - 3 - 1 - - - 46 -
TOTAL 274 - 18 - 21 - 7 - 320 -


TRANSFER INFORMATION:

DATE IN/OUT TRANSFER DETAIL
19 AUG 1965 IN Halifax Town
2,500 plus exchange for Bill ATKINS
23 AUG 1973 OUT Brighton and Hove Albion
(loan)
22 SEP 1973 IN Brighton and Hove Albion
(loan return)
21 NOV 1973 OUT Bradford City
(loan)
9 JAN 1974 OUT Bradford City


full name

Peter Downsborough

date of birth
13 September 1943


             
             
             
             
             
           

usual positions
goalkeeper

youth career
Halifax Town

senior career
Halifax Town
SWINDON TOWN
Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)
Bradford City